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Missing Malaysia flight crew and passengers cell phones 'still active'

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Missing Malaysia flight 370 had not just one, but both transponders turned off, officials report today. Many of the cellphones of the crew and the passengers on this missing flight are still ringing, reports Shepard Smith with Fox News live on Tuesday, March 11.

Smith said “we are learning a lot of weird things” surrounding this flight today. A Chinese instant messenger service that many of the passengers from China use said dozens of the passengers’ phones are “still active.”

According to USA Today on March 11, some of the family members of the passengers are reporting that they are calling the cell phones of the passengers and they are ringing, even though the calls aren’t picked up.

At a meeting with the missing Malaysia flight passengers, the Airline spokesperson told the families that the Airline has tried the cell phones of the crew members and they are getting the same results. They too are experiencing the phones ringing, but again no one is answering.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the cell phones are intact, say the big cell phone carriers today. The ringing shouldn’t give people false hope, as the ringing could mean the phone system is just searching for the signal.

While no one is picking up on the phones, Smith reminds the audience that if the phones were in the water the phones would not work. They would act as a phone shut off or one that is broken.

Commercial pilot John Lucich spoke with Shepard Smith on Tuesday afternoon and said that whoever turned off the transponders, which is the technology that transmits their location and altitude, was very acquainted with the Boeing 777.

He also said that it wouldn’t be easy, but they could have dropped the plane below radar and continued on to their destination without anyone detecting the plane, it would look as if it fell out of the sky when it went off the radar.

The Malaysian military detected the plane flying over a tiny island and it was flying so low that it wouldn’t show up on the radar. This is why they said the plane had turned around. It was in the opposite direction of the flight’s scheduled destination.

This would mean that once the transporters were turned off, the flight flew a minimum of one more hour and a minimum of 350 miles, says Smith.

Two witnesses in the same area of the island saw a very low-flying plane that night. One fisherman said the lights were so big and so low flying over the ocean. The other witnesses also reported a plane flowing low to the ground.

Where did this plane go? It couldn't have just evaporated into thin air.